The vendor is creating the Extreme Scale Infrastructure group to house its businesses that cater to an array of hyperscale organizations.
Who would have thought a company with the humble beginnings of a backyard garage would become not only the inspiration for the term "Silicon Valley" but also synonymous with all things computing? From printers and ink to PC and laptops, servers and storage, HP is there. Quarter after quarter, the OEM ranks among the top three-server vendors, often taking the top or runner up spot, depending on which research firm is compiling the data.
Like its other product offerings, HP's server families stemmed from a combination of organic growth and acquisitions. The perennially popular ProLiant line for example, became part of HP (NYSE: HPQ) following its acquisition of Compaq in 2002.
The ProLiant line is as industry standard as it gets; however, there is no shortage of options when it comes to form factor, processors and operating systems. At the entry level is HP's ProLiant ML server line, which consists of scalable Intel-based tower servers designed for SMBs.
For organizations that need something more powerful, there are the ProLiant DL servers. HP positions its ProLiant DL servers as ideal for businesses in need of a highly efficient server for tasks like low-risk email, networking, virtualization and messaging. These rackmount servers constitute a large percentage of HP's server sales. The ProLiant DL380 G7 Server series, oft-described as the most popular server in the world, is in this category.
Most ProLiant DL servers are available with both Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron processors. Typically, the Xeon-powered server will have a model number that ends in 0 (e.g., DL580 G7) while its Opteron-powered counterpart will have a model number ending in 5 (e.g., DL585 G7).
For organizations that need a powerful server that is physically smaller than a rackmount or a tower, HP offers ProLiant BL servers, which comprise the HP BladeSystem product family. BL servers, like their rackmount counterparts, are available with both Intel and AMD processors. In addition, HP offers software unique to its BladeSystem.
Rounding out the ProLiant lines is the ProLiant MicroServer series, a general-purpose server designed for data storage, and the ProLiant SL Scalable System, highly efficient, scalable and dense servers suitable for "extreme" conditions.
For enterprises that require additional computing power or have more unique needs, there is HP's Itanium-powered Integrity line. First launched in 2001, Integrity servers now include all of the OEM's high-end server offerings, including HP Superdome and HP NonStop as well as the discontinued HP 9000 servers, whose users continue to be migrated to Integrity banner. There are also Integrity Server Blades and an Integrity NonStop BladeSystem, and Integrity rackmount servers, which HP describes as entry-level and midrange.
Like the ProLiant product family, Integrity servers are industry standard. Their focus, however, is on mission-critical workloads. HP has taken a modular approach to Integrity servers; components are swappable among all Integrity servers, regardless of form factor.
Like ProLiant servers, the Integrity servers support Windows and Linux, but they also extend back to HP's roots and also support HP-UX, OpenVMS and NonStop. Integrity servers come in both blade and rackmount form factors.
Finally, rounding out HP's server choices are its telco and carrier-grade servers.
HP holds the top spot again with Dell and IBM following behind.
At the OpenStack Summit, the companies show a cluster of servers powered by Cavium's ThunderX SoCs running OpenStack, Ubuntu and various workloads.
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OpenStack and Cloud Foundry software gets directly integrated with HP server hardware.
Rob Enderle doesn't think OpenPOWER will have much trouble rolling over ARM on servers. There is simply too much of an imbalance.
The new Cloudline servers are not intended to compete against existing ProLiant servers.
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Reports from IDC and Gartner provide a hint of optimism as revenue and server unit shipments grow, thanks largely to the cloud.
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HP's scale-out high-density server platform debuts new application-focused solutions.
The demonstration will show the maturity of the ecosystem around the 64-bit ARM architecture as it moves into the data center.
HP adds a pair of new servers to its Project Moonshot high-density platform.
From competition to changing workloads to tensions with China, significant changes are coming to data centers, the analysts say.
The processor eventually will join two other 64-bit Atom-based SoCs aimed at dense data center environments, a segment also being targeted by ARM.
Next-generation servers set to support 40 Gigabit Ethernet networking and 12 Gb/s storage drives.
The company, which is investing $1 billion in its cloud initiative, is continuing to grow the services offered under the Helion umbrella.
HP licenses future development of DEC's OpenVMS to a startup that will push the server operating system forward.
The Chinese government's anti-monopoly agency approves the $2.3 billion deal, which is still getting reviewed by U.S. regulators.
CEO Yang Yuanging said that despite U.S. security worries, its $2.3 billion proposal to buy IBM's server business will be approved by regulators.
The Tianhe-2 retains the crown as little has changed on the most recent list of the world's top 500 supercomputers.
HP launches its own OpenStack-based cloud platform and also changes the platform's underlying Linux distribution.
New Apollo portfolio of servers announced as well as expanded converged systems offerings.
Worldwide server market leader HP ended the quarter with $2.9 billion in revenue, for a total share of 25.5 percent worldwide, down 2.3 percent from a year earlier.
Hewlett-Packard renews its OpenStack commitment with a $1 billion, two-year investment in R&D and its new Helion cloud platform initiative.
New servers set to complement the existing HP ProLiant server platform.
Lenovo looks to assure striking Chinese workers that the company will not slash wages or benefits once it takes over IBM's x86 server business.
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IBM, which is selling its x86 server unit to Lenovo, saw large declines in both server revenue and shipments, the analyst firm says.
The high-end systems are designed to tackle data-intensive workloads like big data, business intelligence and analytics and to challenge RISC systems.
With power and cooling the two most significant operating costs for servers, a more power-efficient solution can significantly impact the bottom line. In that respect, HP's new DL580 Gen8 certainly delivers.
Only those customers with systems under warranty will get access to firmware updates, which had been offered for free.
While the compact 1U ProLiant DL320 may not offer the cost savings of its MicroServer sibling, it does provide impressive compute power and features ideal for a small business or small branch office.
Calxeda officials said the company was too early to market, and that its products were not generating enough revenue to keep it afloat.
At Dell World, the vendor announces partnerships with Red Hat, Microsoft and Google, eschewing building its own public cloud.
New servers debut as HP's AppSystem solutions evolve, including a new Moonshot-powered system for the delivery of hosted desktops.
UNIX continues to decline as Linux rises, according to third quarter 2013 data from IDC and Gartner.
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HP is expanding its NonStop server operating system platform to x86 servers.
HP will begin selling 32-bit and 64-bit ARM-powered versions of its low-power Project Moonshot servers early next year.
The system maker will show off the server during ARM's TechCon event, where much of the attention will be ARM technology in the data center.
HP takes a new approach to managing converged infrastructure.
In need of the perfect building block for workloads like storage and compute clustering that need multiple physical servers? HP has you covered with its latest half-height blade server.
The hardware manufacturer is taking on the likes of Dell, HP and IBM in an effort to become a major player in the x86 server market.
During the first half of 2013, the HPC technical server market grew 6.2 percent, with an increase of 26 percent in unit shipments, compared to 2012.
The Xeon E5-2600 v2 lineup includes almost two-dozen chips for not only servers but also storage and networking systems.
HP Moonshot servers will soon be receiving a speed boost to go along with improved power efficiency, courtesy of Intel's latest Atom C2000 systems-on-a-chip.
Worldwide server shipments grew 4 percent year-on-year, while revenue declined 3.8 percent from the second quarter of 2012.
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CEO Meg Whitman says that large scale-out data center operators, including Chinese search giant Baidu, are eying the vendor's low-power microservers.
While cost may be the biggest driver for the entry-level server market, ease of configuration and management can pay big dividends, as HP's new Gen8 MicroServer shows.
x86-based systems running in the same enclosure as Intel Itanium-based servers are a step closer to reality following the hardware vendors' latest partnership.
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HP narrows the gap between Unix and Linux with new mission-critical business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities.
Improvements to HP's ProLiant BL660c blade server help it meet the most demanding data center requirements from virtualization to heavy-duty number crunching.
The company's hybrid cloud development options grow with the latest CloudSystem release.
Declines continue in the wake of trouble at Autonomy and a double-digit decrease in business-critical systems revenue.
The new HP ProLiant SL4500 server series scales up performance to meet Big Data requirements.
HP's Mission Critical server portfolio gets both hardware and software updates.
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The company's new NS2100 Server platform delivers entry-class Intel Itanium architecture.
Oracle plans to appeal a court ruling that will force it to continue to support HP's Itanium servers.
When exactly does it make sense to use Unix and when does it make sense to use Linux? For HP's Business Critical Systems customers, the answer depends on the use case.
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HP expands on its Moonshot server vision with a new Gemini chassis that can support both ARM and x86 processors.
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Generation eight of HP's ProLiant line of servers debuts as the latest major makeover of the company's x86 mainstay.
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Ubuntu 12.04 gets its first major server vendor certification, but HP admits Ubuntu is still not yet at the same level as either Red Hat or SUSE.
A processor refresh doesn't necessarily mean you need a new server. Sometimes, simply dropping in new chips gives your server a huge performance boost. Paul Ferrill demonstrates how AMD's new 16-core chip ups the compute capacity of the HP ProLiant DL 385 G7 by 25 percent.
New set of support offerings could end the need for the on-site IT support staff.
More power and manageability take center stage in major Dell server refresh.
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From hardware and software to partner programs to training HP has launched a trajectory to the cloud.
The third quarter marked the slowest quarterly growth rate for servers worldwide since the first quarter of 2010, according to IDC. Among global vendors, IBM was the big winner, picking up enough share to pull even with HP.
The research firm says worldwide server shipments and revenues were up in the third quarter of 2011, driven primarily by Asia/Pacific and Eastern Europe.
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Dubbed Odyssey, it's HP's plan seeks to transform the server landscape for mission-critical computing.
VMware updates vCenter Operations Manager, and introduces new vFabric Application Management and IT Business Management suites, while HP introduced HP Technology Consulting Services to help customers blaze a path to the cloud.
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HP packages up physical services to deliver virtual services.
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